Newsletter: FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. 3rd July 2022.


Dear Parishioners,

                  It is, I think, rather by God instance than by coincidence that todays Gospel reading, is most appropriate for all those young people from Mile End Limehouse and Poplar who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Poplar on Friday evening. They were filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and, like the 72 in the Gospel today, commissioned to take the good news of Jesus Christ to    others. There will be a joint celebration for Communion and Confirmation on Sunday 11th September when Certificates etc. will be presented. Pray for them as they pray for us and hopefully by their example renew and  inspire in us that same mission of proclaiming the Good News of  Jesus Christ. You will see  elsewhere the results of their pre-confirmation charity activity last weekend—not only selling cakes but baking them as well!

This coming Tuesday marks my 41st Anniversary of Diaconal  Ordination so please keep me in your prayers, also my friend Fr. Colin (whose Priestly Ordination was my first Diocesan function as a Deacon) who celebrates his 41st Anniversary on Thursday at Camden Town.

 As you will know, last Tuesday interviews were held for the position of Parish Administrator for Poplar and Limehouse, the quality of the candidates was very good and the decision was made to appoint two— one for four days and the other for one day a week. At the moment we are awaiting our Diocesan H.R. to gather references and arrange DBS clearance before they can start.  Congratulations to them both.

Every Prayer and Blessing,

Fr. Keith.  

PARISH REPOSITORIES: Are well stocked with Cards and Gifts for First  Holy Communion and Confirmation—See Mary or Marie.


FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME POPLAR  Practise for those children due to receive Holy Communion next weekend will be at 6.00pm on Friday and likewise for the following weekend. Please keep them all in your prayers. 

FIRST COMMUNION 2023: Application forms for 2023 are available in the porch (not from the school) for those children who will be in Year 3 or above in September 2022. They need to be returned by July 31st

CONFIRMATION 2023:  Application forms for Confirmation 2023 are now available for collection from Fr. Keith and need to be returned by July 31st .         Applicants need to be starting in year 9 or above in September 2022.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD at Poplar’s 10.00am Mass. See Giulia  if you would like to help, she is preparing a rota so that no one has to do too much! This Service is so important for our children and makes a huge impact on their understanding of the Mass. Thank you to all our volunteers.

BAPTISMS—Parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Course organised by the parish. Cost £10. Collect an application form from the porch and return it to Clergy House. Next Course to be announced.

WEDDINGS—The Church requires that at least six month’s notice of any  intended wedding be given so that full preparation can be made.


Takes place on the second Sunday of each month (except August) at 4.30pm at Poplar, Next Mass next Sunday July 10th.


To comply with Health and Safety requirements both parishes need to have a rota of at least two Parishioners as Fire Wardens for each Mass. Fr. Keith, will endeavor to do some “in house” training for any volunteers!


To all those from Guardian Angels, Our Lady Immaculate and St. Frederick and St. Mary and St. Joseph Poplar who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday evening.  Thank you to their parents, godparents and sponsors and so many others for supporting them on their faith journey. Congratulations also to those who served the Mass—Bishop Nicholas was most impressed.


An appeal from Hitchin Parish for a 15 year old parishioner who needs a kidney transplant, There is a notice on the board for further information.



Standing Orders January to March POPLAR £2828-74 LIMEHOUSE £4513-00 Many thanks for your continued generosity.


PARISH COMMUNITY MEETING  On Saturday 2nd after 6.00pm Mass. Bring ideas of activities/outings we can organise as a Parish, especially bearing in mind that many people will not be going away! We have a Caribbean evening booked for the August Bank Holiday weekend! Could we do another Fast Day for World Peace & Justice?? 
CONFIRMANDI  We congratulate our young people who received the  Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday evening. Bishop Nicholas Hudson  congratulated them on raising funds for the Ben Kinsella Trust, (Cake Sale last weekend which raised £151-00) and the Jesuit Hurtado Refugee Centre in  Wapping (Cake Sale after the Confirmation Mass). Thank you for all your    support.
DESPERATELY NEEDED! Drivers and Walkers to help us get our meals out to vulnerable people, living alone—in Poplar and all over Tower Hamlets. Last week the Deliveroo Angels had to break into a man’s flat – he was collapsed alone on the floor! They sent for the Ambulance and he is now recovering in Hospital. We need drivers every Wednesday and Sunday between 11:45am – 12:30pm. For more details rig 0207 987 0257 or email   Neighbours in Poplar volunteers will welcome you with open arms!
FOOD BANK The Saint Matthias Food Bank is open every Thursday 11.00am – 1:00pm Proof of address required. Donations are always needed. We miss the Co-Op which was very supportive in this respect. Anyone with a connection to Morrisons, please let us know.
OUR LADY AND SAINT JOSEPH’S PRIMARYSCHOOL FAYRE takes place on Saturday 16th July from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. All Welcome – Come and support our Parish School.


FOR: Those of our parish who are sick: at home or in Hospital especially for Harry Locke; Our newly ordained Priests; All Refugees; Peace in the Ukraine and in all troubled parts of our world; Our Deanery:   Limehouse Parish; Our Young People: those receiving First Holy Communion;  The Unemployed; Those who have died recently: Linford Lesley, Fr. David Wilson and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time.


Giving details of Parishes, Clergy, Schools etc. in our Diocese are on sale in the Repository, price £4.50/£5.00 (ringbound)


Alessandro who is one of our choir musicians is offering to teach guitar during the week. If interested please speak to him after Mass.


This popular group welcomes new members (aged 60+) on  Tuesdays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Guild Room. Beginners welcome. (Entrance in Canton Street).


The Universe Catholic Weekly is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital copy by going to or call us on 0743661 7650 [tel:07436617650] and ask for Michelle. Special offer: Only £20 for 3 months. 


The Bishops Conference of England and Wales website has numerous articles on Covid19 and many other subjects. Go to for the latest Catholic News.

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A Spiritual Communion

During the difficult times that we are facing it may not always be possible to receive the Lord in Holy Communion. In these circumstances we can turn to a long held Catholic understanding that when conditions prevent us from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion.

Spiritual Communion is something that may not be familiar to some people. It was once defined by St Thomas Aquinas as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”

So Spiritual Communion is a source of grace that acknowledges our great desire to receive our Lord at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion.

The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion can help to strengthen us in times of trial and to remind us that whatever the circumstances we are held in the loving embrace of our beloved Lord.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

Article published on St. Georges Cathedral, Southwark Diocese Website

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Mass on Radio and a Poster

For those not on the internet RTE Radio are broadcasting Mass on 252 long wave. Please share this verbally with those who may not have access to the web. You might also print of the schedule for them. I understand that the full quota of Holy Week ceremonies will be broadcast on RTE. More detail is available from

An initiative has been launched (one of many!) to invite Christians to put a poster in their windows as a sign of faith and trust in the Lord in these troubled times. It is attractive and obtainable at this link: Perhaps print a poster and show it in the street window of your home. It could well encourage those who are downhearted.

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On Line Resources for this time of isolation

During this time of isolation, more than ever we are turning to modern technology to help us keep ourselves grounded in our Catholic faith.

If you Google: Universalis
You will find an app which is a combined Mass Book and Divine Office Book (the daily prayer of the church used by priests, religious and increasingly lay people alike.) There is a free 30 day trial and if you find this useful you can purchase the app for a one off subscription. It is certainly one of the most used apps on my iPad, especially when attending Mass in a foreign language!

Listed below are a number of links you may find useful.

Sycamore have generously offered Open Access to their resources for the next 6 months. Full details at this link:
Sycamore material will be particularly helpful with RCIA groups and Confirmation candidates

For family support, TenTen are also making freely available resources for families, called Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Daily Prayers for Home

Just a reminder, also of the CAFOD Children’s Liturgy session for this week. The link to register is:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

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